Spring is definitely here! Plants are starting to bud, and any chill in the air is dissipating quickly. In fact, we had some ‘record breaking’ temps last week for the Pacific Northwest. Of course that just means the paradigm shift of people complaining about the cold and snow will be complaining about the heat sooner rather than later…heh!
Not me! While I’m not a fan of hot temperatures, at least her in the PNW, it’s very rare that we have humidity to go along with the heat. Of course, I may have just invoked Murphy’s Law…
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This week is a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s) and dance along with us, won’t you? Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with a song about the joy of falling in love.
Thought it was impossible / It’s just like a miracle / Say nothing’s impossible now / Now that I found, now that I found you
The artist described the song as being about “the high you get when a new love starts to change your life. It’s like the rush, rush, rush is better than any drug.”
The song’s music video co-stars an orange Scottish Fold cat called Shrampton as the object of the artist’s affection. The idea for the visual came from the artist herself after she obtained a new feline pet around the time she prepared to record the song’s vocals. She was quoted as saying:
“The lyrics were going through my head, and I woke up one morning and I saw the cat and I was still kind of not used to him being in my life. ‘Waking up next to you every morning’ started playing in my head and I kind of laughed out loud. I was like, that’s what I want this video to be about: just a cat-lady obsession.”
For your listening pleasure, here’s Carly Rae Jepsen with “Now That I Found You”:
Next up, this Grammy nominee and Dove Award winner has released another song from his highly-anticipated upcoming studio record. In spite of ending as the third-place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol, this artist’s career has been going gangbusters. His fifth studio record is expected to drop on April 12th.
Give a listen to Danny Gokey with “New Day”:
Next up is a group that’s poised for a career breakthrough as they’ve joined Carrie Underwood on the Cry Pretty Tour 360 for the majority of 2019. In this song, the lead character defines self-sufficiency. After enduring a breakup, the heroine decides to hit the town on her own accord, and the feeling of melancholy that often comes after a breakup is replaced with self-assurance. She can pay her own tab, tear up the dance floor solo and walk herself to the front door at the end of the night.
As a team of strong-willed women, the trio identify with this feeling of liberation. They were quoted as saying:
“We’re all very independent, strong women, even individually. Before our paths led us to each other, we had overcome a lot of adversity in our own lives and obstacles that you have to get over for us to come together.
So that type of a thing really was appealing. We easily sing about things like that, and we love spreading that message to empower people.”
The title of the song was proposed by co-writer Josh Kear, who was unsure of which direction to take it in, then decided to capitalize on the opportunity to create a concept that surrounds an independent woman. There’s a true sense of determination in the proclamation “I can be my own boyfriend,” and the idea of self-love is embedded in the lyrics, a message they hope resonates with fans who identify with that theme in other songs in their catalog. They were quoted as saying:
“We don’t always feel super strong and super powerful every day, but our music makes us feel better when we sing it. Singing it out to people or hearing someone say ‘That made me feel really good, and I reminded myself to love myself first,’ that’s really the message of the song.
There’s a shift sometimes that happens after a breakup where it’s like ‘I can make myself happy, I need to make myself happy.’ I feel like everybody feels that energy.”
For your listening pleasure, here’s Runaway June with “Buy My Own Drinks”:
Last, but certainly not least, is a song I’ve shared before, but it’s worth sharing again since this artist just released the official music video last week. She sings about connecting with a loved one to find solidarity and peace amidst these dark times.
The artist debuted the foot-stomping song at the 2019 BRIT Awards on February 20, 2019, where she was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award.
That’s a wrap for this week – see you on the dance floor!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Musings and Merriments with Michelle is helping out with hostess duties!
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!